Eating disorder info session planned in Rockingham

By: For the Record

Connections Family Support Program will host a speaker discussing eating disorders later this month in Rockingham.

Kristen Buss will speak on Tuesday, March 21 at the First United Methodist Church in the Bynum Building located at 400 E. Washington Street in Rockingham from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Buss will explain the signs and symptoms of eating disorders, the differences between anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating, how the media influences individuals in regards to how they look at their own image and their self-esteem, and the consequences of eating disorders on them physically and mentally. She will also offer resources and treatment options for those battling eating disorders.

Buss has an eclectic professional background that includes experience with equine-assisted psychotherapy, art therapy, and traditional office therapy. Experienced in working with children, adolescents, adults and couples, she specializes in treating eating disorders and substance abuse, as well as other mental and behavioral issues. Buss graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke with a masters in education and is a licensed professional counselor. She is employed with FirstHealth of the Carolinas in Pinehurst at FirstHealth Behavioral Services.

Family members, providers, and professionals, such as teachers, social workers, case managers, therapists, counselors, and court counselors, are encouraged to attend. Space is limited and Connections asks that individuals register in advance and no later than March 17. Resources and lunch will be provided at no charge.

Connections Family Support Program is funded by Sandhills Center in collaboration with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in North Carolina. To register for this workshop, contact Suzanne Maness toll free at 877-211-5995 or by email at

For the Record